Yesterday the ASU was informed by Council that they had determined to reduce library services and they are seeking this to come into effect next week! This is appalling and inadequate consultation!

Yesterday at the SCC, ASU officials and reps were shown a DRAFT procedure on the management of reduction in services. We made it very clear to Council that the proper consultation needs to happen before any determination in a reduction of service occurs to avoid stand-downs, but Council management have gone ahead and determined that 12.3 FTE (full-time equivalent) staff are required to maintain minimum service delivery.  The ASU understands that there is around 42 FTE in total, or 60 staff, meaning two-thirds of staff will be impacted.

Council have proposed a rotating roster, where some staff will be asked to work 2 out of 8 weeks, and to consider whether they would be willing to take leave for the time not worked.

Council have stated they will consider any and all ideas, and redeployment proposed, but have NOT sat down with the ASU to discuss ideas and are asking staff to provide feedback within 24 hours!

Library members have said there is plenty of work available, and staff have creative ideas for meaningful work to keep people employed.

The union has informed Council today that we are in dispute on this matter and for the status quo to remain and we have sought to meet next week with HR and Council  management.

If you are asked you to consider whether you would be willing to take leave, do not agree.

Further communication will be sent to members once we have more information.

For further information please contact your ASU Library Delegates Peter Bunn or Stephanie Tighe or
ASU Organiser Jonathan Smallbone | 0417 105 113 |
ASU Campaign Organiser Hayley Davies | 0428 161 681 |

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